While living in New York City is pretty awesome all year round, NYC is especially great in the fall. If you’re coming to visit New York or are a local and just need some ideas for fun things to do, we’ve compiled the following list to help you get out and enjoy the best New York has to offer.
NYC Food and Wine Festival. This Food Network extravaganza (October 15-18) is one of biggest food events of the year in New York City. Tickets can get pretty pricey for some of the events, so make sure to sort the schedule by the cost to find options that fit your budget.
October stargazing at the High Line. Check out the moon, planets and other celestial bodies without having to leave NYC. The fun starts at dusk every Tuesday evening (weather permitting) through October 27. Check @highlinenyc on Twitter for a “go/no-go” every Tuesday by 3 pm.
Fall colors in Central Park. Hundreds of trees in the heart of New York put on a show every fall and make October and November a busy time of the year in Central Park. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation offers a broad range of fun activities.
Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Some of the oldest trees in New York can be found in The Ravine in the center of Prospect Park. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden (BBG) is located next to the park, directly across Flatbush Avenue. The top spot to visit at the BBG is the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum.
Queens County Farm Museum. This 47-acre section of Queens has been working farmland since 1697. The roster of fall activities includes a corn maze (weekends through October 25), a haunted house (October 24 & 25) and a pumpkin patch (weekends in October).
Open House New York Weekend. Go behind the scenes inside some of New York’s most quintessential locations during the weekend of October 17 & 18. Check out the schedule as you have to make reservations for some of the buildings on the list. OHNY Passports are available for $150. This investment (which is 100% tax deductible) gives you and friend front-of-the-line access to all of the open access sites on the schedule.
The Village Halloween Parade. Head down to Greenwich Village on Halloween night for the 42nd gathering of NYC’s best ghosts and goblins. Anyone can be part of the parade if they come in costume. The show starts at 7 pm and will be broadcast live on NY1 starting at 8 pm.
Pick your own apples (and pumpkins and grapes) in upstate New York. Get out of town for the day and visit one of the dozens of farms that open their doors to public during the fall harvest. Times, prices, and availability vary, so make sure to do some quick homework on Google before you head out.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This iconic event can be a big pain that blocks traffic, but it’s also a lot of fun. Check out the official NYC City guide to how to make the most of the parade. You can also head up to the American Museum of Natural History starting at 3 pm the day before to watch the crews inflate all the balloons.